It's Closing Day in Cannes
Social media, the movies, the favorites

This 66th Cannes Festival was a genuinely social affair. No, I don’t mean the bacchanalian soirees and the private parties which happened relentlessly during the eleven days or so of the festival. I’m referring to social media. Cannes’ Twitter ecosystem really came into its own this year, with people (“les tweetos” as the French like to call them) taking to the bandwidths to comment on everything ... more >


Full details, the surprising and the not so surprising

This morning in Paris the official selection for the 66th edition of the Cannes Festival was announced during a press conference at the UGC theater. There's a strong French contingent this year, among others Francois Ozon and Roman Polanski, who will present "Venus in Fur" starring his spouse Emmanuelle Seigner as well as Matthieu Amalric. Actually Polanski claims the film to be Polish based on ... more >

Joanne and Paul

Enduring romance symbolizes this year

With the unveiling of its 66th edition's official poster the Cannes Festival pays tribute to Hollywood's power to generate wonderment. This year's bill features a photograph of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman locked in a permanent kiss, as captured on set during the filming of "A new kind of love" (film was directed by Melville Shavelton; the year was 1963). The couple, who met during filming, ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL – The backstory of the festival’s musical theme

A piece of the Cannes myth is revealed

I was looking for some music online when, by some coincidence, I ran into the “Carnival of the Animals” suite by French romantic composer Camille de Saint Saëns. The arrangement I found was by Barry Wordsworth and the London Symphonic Orchestra. The melodies had a pleasant, cinematic quality to them. The titles of the arrangements,  “Kangaroos,” “People with long ears,” sounded as if they’d ... more >